By Roger Katz
Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me. – George Orwell, 1984
Engaging in compromise with those who abhor firearms and those who choose to exercise their right to keep and bear arms will serve only to compromise that right, ultimately destroying the Second Amendment.
The American citizenry are a free, powerful, sovereign people living in a free constitutional republic, a Nation that belongs to the entire citizenry, not to a select few and definitely not to the Government.
The government was created to serve the citizenry, not to subjugate and oppress it. The words codified in the Second Amendment make this fundamental truth plain. The exercise of the right of the people to keep and bear arms makes this truth a reality. The new progressive left seeks to erase the words of the Second Amendment from the Constitution.
If these radical left-wing elements succeed in compromising the nation by undercutting the Constitution, then the American people, like the populations of the EU, will face unending misery.
That will manifest itself in the suppression of basic freedoms, constant surveillance, control over thought and conduct, and penury; a sad, oppressive life, nay, something less than life. Mere existence.
Existence in a new political, social, economic, and cultural construct, one that has erased the independence and sovereignty of our nation and of all western nation-states.
But to accomplish their goal, the new progressive left in our country must indoctrinate our children, and reeducate those adults who aren’t so easily susceptible to prolific proselytizing and propagandizing.
They need to convince those adults who aren’t so willing to accept the fiction that our fundamental rights and liberties aren’t rights at all and never had been, but are merely man-made constructs, mere privileges bestowed on the American people by grace of government. And by that same Government authority would those privileges be rescinded.
If the public believes this fiction — that fundamental, immutable, inalienable rights are not, at all, rights preexistent in man, bestowed on man by a loving divine creator, but are mere privileges, granted by Government to men — then the anti-gun left will find it much easier to weaken and ultimately negate the one right that alone serves as the means of preventing subjugation of the American citizenry.
It is that one, fundamental right that most concerns them: the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
The problem for those of us who seek to preserve and strengthen the RKBA is found less in the radical left or the media than it is the growing possibility that the U.S. President and congressional Republicans might actually consider negotiating with Democrats. And in so doing, weaken rather than preserve Second Amendment rights.
We must make plain to both the President and to congressional Republicans that they must not capitulate. We must make clear to Trump and Congress that to cave in to Democrat demands for “muscular new gun control proposals,” is no way to deal with gun grabbers.
Our nation already has more than enough restrictions on gun rights. Still more gun laws will not make this nation safer.
The gun control proposals of Democratic Party candidates target the millions of average, law-abiding gun owners, not the common criminal, the vicious drug cartels, or the occasional lunatic.
We know that…and Democrats know it, too. These “muscular new gun control measures” Democrat candidates are calling for are directed squarely at the millions of law-abiding gun owners, not common criminals, not psychopathic gang members, not psychotic lunatics, all of whom aren’t permitted to own and possess firearms under current law.
This indisputable truth compels one unmistakable, disturbing conclusion: further gun control laws the anti-gun presidential candidates are arguing for aren’t directed to reducing gun violence. Nor, for that matter, are they directed at the reduction of violence of any kind.
Those demanding comprehensive gun control are really calling for comprehensive population control. President Trump and Republicans must not be hesitant in calling these Democrats out.
What they seek is comprehensive citizen disarmament, and with it, removing the incipient threat to the unconstitutional usurpation of Government power and authority. In so doing, civilian disarmament proponents turn the paramount concern of the Founders of our free republic on its head.
An armed citizenry was precisely what the Founders prescribed, for their aim was to deter the rise of tyranny, not to enable it.
Anti-gun democrats aren’t motivated by a safer society. If they were, then they would spend more time campaigning for toughened sentencing for hardened criminals, and institutionalizing dangerous psychotics who have demonstrated a predilection for violence. They would deport illegal aliens who have committed crimes. But we see none of that happening.
We see instead Democrats spending much of their time campaigning for more restrictive gun laws, directed at law-abiding citizens, which, if enacted, would have the perverse result of leaving people defenseless. The need for further restrictive gun laws is, then, again, just a ruse—all directed to one ultimate goal: de facto repeal of the Second Amendment.
Once that happens, the amassing of Government power would accelerate, unconfined by the limitations imposed by the first three Articles of the Constitution, and undeterred by, and no longer concerned with the threat an armed citizenry poses.
This article was originally published at arbalestquarrel.com and is reprinted here with permission.